Shocking News: Gut Microbes Can Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis!
The bacteria that live in the human gut help digestion and vanquish harmful disease-producing bacteria germs. According to the Science Magazine’s article: Gut Bacteria May Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis, some microbes however are not so helpful; they can cause autoimmune disease, among them rheumatoid arthritis. According to immunologist and professor of molecular immunology, Dan Littman, from New York University, the presence of a particular bacteria, Prevotella copri, can cause the immune system to produce more of the cells that cause the inflammation and bone damage in arthritis. Genetics and other environmental factors, like smoking, have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis; so even if P. copri is the culprit, it doesn’t act alone.
Rheumatoid arthritis can begin at any age. It causes stiff, swollen joints in the hands and feet. It can also destroy bone and cartilage and damage organs like the lungs and kidneys. According to the BioMed Central’s open access journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, more women than men suffer more from autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis among them.